High-toned High"-toned`, a. 1. High in tone or sound. [1913 Webster]

2. Elevated; high-principled; honorable. [1913 Webster]

In whose high-toned impartial mind Degrees of mortal rank and state Seem objects of indifferent weight. --Sir W. Scott.

3. pretentious, pompous. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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